and Rother Rural Partnership LEADER Funding
week, it was confirmed that LEADER funding would be available for eligible
projects until 30th September 2018. It is likely there will be a further programme
of funding with similar eligibility criteria, but with a greater focus on
UK domestic priorities, after that date.
In the meantime, until further notice, the existing eligibility
criteria, as outlined in the LEADER Handbook, continue to apply. As is the
case currently, priority will be given to applications that will create jobs
and generate economic growth and the funding is competitive. Defra will be
seeking further information from the Treasury and ministers on the focus of
LEADER funding going forward and there may well be ongoing adjustments to
eligibility. Funding is normally granted at up to 40% of project costs, with
a minimum grant of £2,500 and a maximum of £50,000.
The expectation is that one Full Time Equivalent job (30 hours) is created
for every £20,000 of grant funding.
If you would like to discuss an application, please do not hesitate to contact
the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership team on Leader Funding
or 01273 892031.
To see the WARR LEADER Area map follow this
EU grants totalling £1.472 million are now available to businesses
in the rural areas of Wealden and Rother through the WARR partnership.
This latest LEADER support programme, announced by the Department for Environment
Food and Rural Affairs, will provide grants to small businesses, farmers,
foresters and communities for projects that create jobs and grow the rural
It reactivates the Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership, which through the
previous four year LEADER Programme, supported 80 rural projects, created
or protected over 90 full-time equivalent jobs, and led to just over £4 million
being invested in small businesses and communities (including matched private
Hamish Monro, Chairman of the WARR Partnership said, “Our Local Development
Strategy recognises the diversity and potential of the rural businesses in
Rother and Wealden. The latest LEADER programme builds on our previous success
and adds value to our growth-orientated enterprises, while at the same time
promoting the positive management of rural landscapes in this part of Sussex.
LEADER is a proven example of how an area can help itself with sustainable
business growth and we welcome the new Programme.”
Among the rural projects WARR supported through the previous LEADER programme
were a mastectomy lingerie company, a microbrewery, a community radio station,
a film company and a bed and breakfast business offering holiday accommodation
for horses and their riders.
Many involved farm shops, holiday accommodation, forestry management and the
economic re-use of rural buildings.
“WARR has helped redirect money from the EU Common Agricultural Policy into
countryside enterprises, working with innovative businesses to counter the
difficulties posed by a rural location,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden
District Council’s representative on the WARR Partnership. “Its funds have
also supported village life through helping to pay for improvements to local
The Wealden and Rother Rural Partnership is made up of local people and organisations
with a knowledge of rural issues and their communities. It acts as the Local
Action Group for the programme. Through a competitive process, the Partnership
determines which projects will be funded.
Plumpton College is managing the delivery of the WARR Partnership LEADER programme,
supported by Rother and Wealden District Councils, and East Sussex County
Funding under LEADER is available to rural businesses, farmers, foresters,
growers, landowners, environmental organisations, cultural, heritage and community
providers, as well as voluntary and charitable organisations. The Partnership
will be encouraging projects that will assist, strengthen and develop the
local economy and deliver jobs, growth and community benefits in rural East
Applicants will then complete and submit an Outline Application electronically
(no paper-based applications) and then from the information on the Outline
Application, the project will be assessed for eligibility and a decision made
as to whether or not to invite a Full Application.